Introducing our first ever range of Espadrilles.
Handcrafted on the Landaise Coast in South West France, these bright and colourful summer shoes have proved to be a great hit with both the kids and their parents!
Whether on the beach, in the garden, or off on an adventure, we think they are the perfect throw-on summer shoe for kids. Made from 100% cotton, with a jute inner and a natural Spanish rubber outer sole, they will be comfortable enough for children to wear all day long – ideal for the fast approaching summer holidays.
At only £15, our six styles are now available at the Tootsa MacGinty shop, sizes 22 – 32 (subject to availability):
The history of the ‘humble’ Espadrille is a colourful and exciting one. In the thirteenth century Basque mine workers, Pyrenean priests, and even the King of Aragon’s infantry wore the easy-to-wear shoe. Espadrilles with ribbon ties (known as ‘Espardenya’) were worn by the Sardana dancers of Catalan’s national dance. The name itself originates from the species of plant ‘Esparto’ that was braided to create the infamous, coiled jute, Espadrille sole.
Popular with both men and women in France and Spain, it was not long before the footwear spread across the whole of Europe. By the 1940s and 50s they began appearing on the feet of Hollywood style icons across the Atlantic!
Clockwise – Humphrey Bogart, Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth and Salvador Dali.
In the 1970s the shoe really came into its own when Yves Saint Laurent introduced the famous wedge Espadrille. Since then they have featured in just about every Spring / Summer season, in many different shapes and guises!
Our kids Espadrilles have been made by Mr and Mrs Arauzo in their small, family run factory (featured in the video below) since 1960. As well as developing mechanical techniques, they also very much preserve the “traditional and indispensable” hand-stitched methods.
There are so many gorgeous, on-trend Espadrille options available at the moment. The age old issue of comfortable summer shoes that are also stylish seems to have been solved.
Here are a few of our favourites –
1 Lace up flamingo print espadrilles from H&M // 2 Studio Pollini Striped Platform Espadrilles // 3 OAS Pina Pina Espadrille // 4 Kurt Geiger Milo Black Sequin Flatform Espadrilles // 5 Derby Aritzia Bubbles Espadrilles from Soludos // 6 Aldo Rolli lace up espadrille trainers // 7 Dolce & Gabbana Gerani Silk Brocade Espadrilles / 8 Gaimo for Office Coral Black Suede Leather Espadrilles // 9 Topshop Kangeroo Espadrilles
Last week talented artist and illustrator Jennifer Vallez of Sophie and Lili posted a new watercolour story on her instagram. We were delighted to spy Tootsa MacGinty’s very own Blue Stripe Espadrilles featured. Thanks Jennifer!
Here’s to happy feet this summer!